Capt. Embury Baccus was serving in The American Expeditionary Force in Mayan, Germany. The letter was written on January 19, 1918 to "Mother Shine", his mother-in-law, Mrs Laduska Idola Kern Shine (1854-1931), who lived in Livingston, Texas.
The letter describes a difficult time in the USA, specifically in Texas, and his angst to be home to support the family. The Flu Epidemic is taking its toll, creating another fear of death permanently separating the family, in addition to WWI. Embury speaks of the Oil Boom going on in Texas at the present time, and of his desire to get home to participate.
Courtesy of the Silsbee Ice House Museum and Cultural Center